Weekend donkey walking times

DSCN0155 Fiona walking Matilde. With Charlotte leading Rubí, we took three donkeys out this morning but it was a bit breezy and Aitana was acting skittish – more circus donkey than walking donkey! A pleasant walk anyway.

Donkey walking continues every weekend and the donkeys and I usually fit in with the days and times that best suit our visitors. There are a number of people who return to walk with the donkeys and always a few newcomers. The walking circuit is usually just under an hour on a three kilometre route, mostly dirt track but a quiet tarmac road returning home. There are views of the Aitana range and the majestic Puig Campana above Finestrat. The pace is slow because the donkeys like to stop and eat everything at the side of the track!

Another food stop: Matilde, Rubí and Aitana, with Fiona and Charlotte

Either Saturday or Sunday mornings between 10 o’clock and midday are the usual time slots for donkey walking. Please leave a message on the blog here or phone Gareth on 634 107 180 to say you would like to come donkey walking. Fresh air, invigorating walking, and fine views of the countryside the mountains and the Mediterranean around Finestrat; with a drink and a cake afterwards.


Please let me know in advance that you are coming. Sometimes there are local weather conditions that mean donkey walking cannot take place (e.g. high winds which make the donkeys too difficult to walk), but most weekends the Costa Blanca offers the expected sunshine and at this time of year it does not get too hot in the sun, so we can walk in the late morning if that suits visitors best.

Update Tuesday 26 February

Thanks to Charlotte for more photos of donkey walking from Sunday.





About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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